Katie Fforde does not write a series of “village stories” but she uses a village setting in several of her novels to use the type of characters and relationships one finds in that sort of close knit community. Fresh, funny and romantic. A great piece of escapism on a dull afternoon.
'I don't suppose you'd care to house-sit for a while? It's a beautiful old house, in a lovely part of the world...'
Hetty Longden's mother thinks that looking after Great Uncle Samuel's crumbling stately home while he is in hospital will be just the thing to cure Hetty's broken heart. Hetty doesn't mind; at least she can be miserable in private. But 'private' is a relative term in a village whose main concern is the goings-on at the big house. Particularly when you are the only person available to thwart Great Uncle Samuel's awful heir, and his nefarious plans to turn his inheritance into a funfair.
Pitchforked into the community's fight to preserve the manor, Hetty has no time to wallow. In fact, once she has shared her troubles with one neighbour (Caroline: a very understanding shoulder, despite her glamorous appearance and impossibly long legs), and cast an appreciative eye over another (Peter: equally long-legged, but offering rather more practical help), she wonders if her heart is irretrievably broken after all.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
'Fforde's appeal is her ability to reproduce the eccentricities of daily life' Helen Dunmore, The Times
Publication date: 06/11/2003
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
|Publication date:||6th November 2003|
|Publisher:||Arrow Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She’s been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she's even been on a Ray Mears survival course. She loves being a writer; to her there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She ...More About Katie Fforde